The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1st Edition

  • Kevin Hillstrom
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  • ISBN-10: 0780811232
  • ISBN-13: 9780780811232
  • DDC: 973.91
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 226 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released October 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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The Great Depression and the New Deal provides users with a detailed and authoritative overview of this event, as well as the principal figures involved in this pivotal episode in U.S. history. The preparation and arrangement of this volume--and all other books in the Defining Moments series--reflect an emphasis on providing a thorough and objective account of events that shaped our nation, presented in an easy-to-use reference work.

The Great Depression and the New Deal is divided into three primary sections. The first, the Narrative Overview, provides a detailed, factual account of the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression, as well as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ambitious program of New Deal reforms. It explains the economic problems that plunged the nation into the Depression, as well as the impact that this grim era had on millions of American families. This section also explores the ways in which Roosevelt’s New Dealers succeeded--and failed--in their efforts to get the country back on the road to prosperity.

The second section, Biographies, provides valuable biographical background on leading figures involved in this era, including President Roosevelt and his much-admired First Lady, Eleanor; New Deal official Frances Perkins, who directed Roosevelt’s Department of Labor; and Henry Wallace, who became the New Deal's most spirited champion. Each biography concludes with a list of sources for further information on the profiled individual.

The third section, Primary Sources, collects essential and illuminating documents from the Great Depression era. This collection includes several of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s most famous addresses, excerpts from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the Dust Bowl songs of Woody Guthrie, and childhood reminiscences of the darkest days of the Depression.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
How to Use This Book.
1: Narrative Overview.
2: Prologue.
3: The Roaring Twenties and the Great Crash.
4: The Hoover Years.
5: Roosevelt and the First New Deal.
6: The Dust Bowl.
7: The Second New Deal.
8: Wartime Prosperity.
9: Legacy of the Great Depression and the New Deal.
10: Biographies.
11: Herbert Hoover (1874–1964).
12: Harry Lloyd Hopkins (1890–1946).
13: Hugh S. Johnson (1882–1942).
14: Frances Perkins (1880–1965).
15: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962).
16: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945).
17: Henry A. Wallace (1888–1965).
18: Primary Sources.
19: Remembering a Depression Childhood.
20: Herbert Hoover Predicts a Quick Recovery.
21: Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address.
22: Praise for the Civilian Conservation Corps.
23: An Excerpt from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
24: Woody Guthrie Describes the Dust Bowl.
25: Remembering "Black Sunday".
26: Battling the Dust Bowl and Rural Poverty.
27: Roosevelt Unveils the Second New Deal.
28: The Saturday Evening Post Condemns Roosevelt and the New Deal.
29: A Rabbi's Letter of Thanks to Roosevelt.
Important People, Places, and Terms.
Sources for Further Study.
Photo and Illustration Credits.